Family consisted of one 14 year old one 17 year old a 21 year old with special needs and mum and dad.
Wed for 14 nights. The Wed flight was ok althoug you get to the hotel towards midnight it does mean you can go to bed and start refreshed the following day. The transfer from the airport is 15 minutes and in fact we cleared the airport in less than 20 minutes mark warner staff are on hand to male the transfer easy.
Arrival seemed a bit like hi di hi with several members of uniformed Mark Warner crew welcoming the bus over entheusiastically and I couldn't help but think this was written in the contract somewhere.
Transfer to the rooms was easy the bags being delivered without the need for the tipping.
Only one electronic card key per room .. get further ones programmed from reception ( no extra charge). The card key not only opens the door it also sits in a holder inside the door and in its absence no room electrics work so we found keep one in there at all times and the A/C keeps the room cold and more importantly the small fridge cold.
We had two rooms with ours having an annexe which housed our special need daughter. The room itself was the standard family room with a bathroom. It had A/C which worked well, a small fridge, television ( BBC world News CCN and one cartoon channel were the english language options ) The bathhroom was adequate having a shower attached to the bath although I found that hot water depended on the time of day it was required....forget it at 8am or from 6pm. There was enough stoarge space and a key safe was provided. The balcony had a space drier for tolwels andd the odd garment.
We were on the top floor ( 3) although the sea view was limited it was light and airy and serviced with a good lift.
Hotel:- Reception...a bit dated and suffers from the lack of A/C. The only bit in operation seemed to be to service the staff behind the counters. To sit for nay length of time was sweaty to say the least. There are three computer terminals in here ( not ideal in the heat) cost of hire 10e per hour.
Main bar...opens 6pm to 1am.
Pint of lager 3.50e
Childs cocktail ( e.g Shirley temple 3e)
Large Glass of wine 6e
Thus a quick family round before dinner... pint of lager, 2 cokes a shiley temple and a large glass of Rose = 17.50e or about £16..so its not exactly cheap and more expensive than a uk pub ( beer about the same I noted).
Main restaurant....buffet style...a bit crammed when the hotel is busy and lots of children so you have to dodge the child with the plate , There is very limited space on the outside and no tables for 5's so we were forced inside where it becomes very hot and sweat drips down your back when you eat. we found sanctuary in the ineer part of the restaurant next to the serving area which was air conditioned but souless.
The food was ok and even my children could ifnd something they liked/would eat most nights although some are better than others depending on the nights theme. The breakfast buffet in the morning is fine with the usual selection of things to be found. it opens at 07.30 but if you want a fried egg don't bother until 08.30 as they are not that organised. The staff appear to be eastern European waitresses ( especially Hungary for some reason) over seen by Greek seniors. They will tout for drinks business. The same prices are vaild as above but now add on the wine list which would be a minimum of 16e for a bottle of plonk. So put three cokes on and this and so far tonights bill is 41e.
over 14 nights this multiplies out to around 500e just for a pre dinner drink and wine with the meal. As you can sign for everything ( and so can your 14 year old) this will mount up.
Tip 2. Go to Kardemena from the bus at the hotel gate ( 3.20e for a return trip) and stock up....the coke is no 0.6e and the wine ( same as the hote) is a miraculous 6e). Also the bottled water ( you will drink a lot of this) is 1/6th of the price of the Hotel.
You can eat at the Italian (Trattoria) with no cat privinidng you book through reception or eat at the Greek Taverna on site with a charge (1/2 board). We didn't eat of the Greek Taverna but did try the Italian.... Don't.
1) Food very Bland and not much choice
2) Too much of it and you have to order three courses together so do not realise the size of the portions)
3) Understaffed with chefs thus the wait is far too long....we gave up before the sweet course and left.
Other:- laundry room.Basic ok bit no good if more than three guests want to wash anything. 5e per wash with the driers extra. I beleive there is an iron availble at you room on demand but do not know if there is a charge for this.
Hotel shop....ok but pricey.
Pools...two one adult out of the way at the back of the hotel and the family one ate the front...large but a section is often roped off dor diving instruction. The hotel suffers from the towels on the loungers merchants and as the pool area is locked at night its amusing ( if not demoralising) to watch the dawn brigade towellinging up first thing.
Water sports.....seems adequate but as I'm not a sailor and didn't come for the sports I didn't use any of these or the mountain bike hire, aerobics, pilates classes which are available. A large number of tennis courts ( about 8 I counted) which is overkill as these tend to be empty for most of the time. Strangely no fitness centre which I would have used and appears a serious ommission.
My son and daughter had some wind surfing and sailing tuition for a basic qualification....3x 1 hr lessons are 150e
Take your own towels or its 7e for a week per towel or 12 e for two weeks hire.
Clubs two used..the Indie Club for 15 + 16+ 17 year olds
and my 14 year old had his own age group club. His seemd varied and kept him occupied for most of the day of the first week but didn;'t fancy repeating it in the second week.
The Indie club was a hit with my 17 year old daughter and in fact was the reason we booked as few, if any, rival firms cater for the adolescent teenager on the cusp of reaching the age when they no longer wish to go with the family anymore.
Note the Indie club has activities like sailing and windsurfing but internally they are there as a meeting place and psuedo dating agency. Expect you son or daughter to end up in bars and nighclubs in Kardemena until the early hours. Expect the Mark Warner reps to be there too especially on Friday nights as their day off is saturday.
The reps are friendly and helpful although it is to the level where its almost an overdone strength which would suggest its a heavy part of the training. Apparently, for safety reasons, if they are late or appear to be 'under the weather, they are breathalised and if over the UK driving limit are terminated and flown home on the next available flight. Internally its known as being Gatwicked and 4 were lost in the first week I was there which subdued the rest of the reps and allegedly caused the cancellation of the staff show that week.
Car hire Suzuki Jimmy 75e per day ( cheaper if hired for 2 or 3 days)
Hyndai Accemt 65e per day
Don't expect to get four adults in either of them. Roads are ok and the traffic is light (apart from kos town) Kos well worth a visit. kephlos isn;t.....Pili will be recommended as its a village in the mountains...its a tourist bazaar nothing more with tacky shops.
The beauty of the car is you can visit a large supermarket and stock up on the soft drinks and alcohol.
All in all it was wortrh it for the clubs which nelped to occupy my son and daughter. Taking that away i wouldn;t have gone...there is far beetr valuefor money to be had than Mark Warner, If you fancy tennis, hanging off a boat or a windsurfer then its probably for you as you will be tired after dinner and retire early......a good move as if you are waiting round the bar,increasing your end of holiday tab, for entyertainment you will be sorely dissapointed..there isn't any...if you are in the Italina restauarnt its no problem as by the time the coffee arrives you are probably asleep anyway.
Would I come again....only if my children requested it other wise no. Biggest gripe..the mark ups... I expect a modest mark up aroundt the world in Hotels but this is blatant profiteering and is uncalled for . Beaches manages to go all inclusive at premium...Mark Warner ( or Chitty as his real name is) should seriously consider this option.
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